A 3 mile run to start my day today, along with a nice stretch afterwards in the soccer net! Oh and it’s finally warm in NY 🌞
Make it a great one!
This was my first tri of the season. It was a 500m swim, 9.7 mile bike, & 2.9 mile run. My stats were more along the lines of 768m swim, 9.64 mile bike, & 2.85 mile run. Mostly everyone I chatted with over-swam the swim. I don’t know if the swim was not marked correctly, or if we just all swim badly, but to swim 250m additional was a bit of a mess! I felt pretty good on the bike. It was an out and back course. Going out I averaged 15.8mph…I was really riding miss daisy. On the way back I averaged 18.7mph, but was riding 20mph at least half the time. The bike was nice! The run was your basic run, nothing to write home about. Overall I felt pretty good during this race, and it was nice to get back into the game leading up to Ironman AC 70.3 which is nearly a month away!
Until next time….
On Saturday I ran the UAE HK 10K in Central Park. When I was lined up in the corrals I turned to my friend and said I hope this isn’t the Scotland Run route; low and behold it was the Scotland Run route! This route is what I call the reverse run of Central Park. It is the absolute worse because you are constantly running up and down (mainly up hill). So it is very easy to poop yourself out, especially early on during the race. The race starts off with a steady incline, and as I’m running it I think what the heck is this! We run through the start, and the finish line is about 400 meters after the start line, so we run through the finish line at the beginning of the race. When I run this route I always wonder why they just don’t start and finish the race at the same point. Anywho I was off.
I kept a decent pace the first mile 9:50, and the exact thing that I mentioned above could happen did happen…I pooped myself out! As you can see from the elevation chart the start of the race was basically a steady increase in elevation. A quick downhill, then a steady climb during mile 2. The climb was really torturous because I remember once I got to the top I had a bit of a break on a straight away, then a decent, then here comes a whole other climb. It was just really nonstop. Once I reached the 5K mark I never thought I would see the end of that hill. I was so happy to get to the top and get a slight breather.
On top of the constant climbing, it was unusually hot out for May in NYC. I was sweating almost immediately once the race started; like sweating so badly I was constantly wiping my forehead. Because I was so hot I made sure to hit every water station for hydration. One of the stations had gatorade so I grabbed two cups there, chugged them down, and kept it moving.
The rest of the race was pretty uneventful. I ran up on a guy and he was stomping so loudly, I tapped his shoulder and he looked at me and I said pick up your feet, we only have a mile to go! He looked at me with the “what the heck did you say face?” He takes out his headphones and I repeat myself and he picks up his feet and takes off. I caught back up to him about 200 meters later and just cruised by him. I think he was a bit tired at the point, but he was no longer dragging his feet. If you see a runner doing this…help em out! I finished the race in 1:06. My slowest time for a 10k in a long time, but I’m ok with that. I’m getting back into the groove of things, and I am bound to improve in the very near future.
Next weeks race…The Brooklyn Half!!
Since I have a lot of big races coming up in the near future I figured I better get my butt in gear and like now. So my mission beginning today is to work out twice a day at least 4 times per week. Each day I will complete at least 1 of my 3 disciplines (most days 2) and add in some strength training or other exercise to balance me out.
Today was swim in the morning.
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So this past Sunday I headed down to the Jersey Shore to run the NJ Half Marathon. The weeks leading up to the race we were having pretty good weather in NY, so I had my cute little shorts and tank top ready to go for the race. That plan went right out the window because it was cool and rainy out. I woke up at the crack of dawn race morning. Well actually before the crack of dawn since it was 3:30am. The race started at 7:30am so we wanted to give ourselves enough time to get from NY to NJ and get settled in for the race. Being that it was so early traffic was non existent so we had a nice ride down to the shore.
The race start was at Monmouth Park Racetrack; like literally inside the park. We got there pretty much at the start of the race, so I had to hustle to get to the trucks to check my bag before they pulled off. I should have packed a full change of clothes, but I just had a shirt, and my umbrella inside the bag which I was so happy that I packed it because I really needed it after the race!
This race had a stagger start, and I thought it was pretty slow going. I mostly race in NY and most of our races have a lot of people. I didn’t think this race was particularly that large and the stagger start was really not needed. It just left us more time to play around and take pictures!
I was feeling pretty good the first 5 miles of the race. A little too good because although it was raining and cool I was hot. I unzipped my jacket some which was a mistake because as it started to rain more my shirt underneath my jacket became wet, and I started to get cold. I almost took my jacket off because I was so hot, but I was happy that I didn’t. So I kept a pretty good pace up until the 50 minute mark when I stopped to take in nutrition. At this point I walked a little while I ate and drank.
As you can see, as the race goes on, my splits increase. I felt fine endurance wise, but from mile 6 on I was cold, and my feet were soggy so my natural reaction was just to slow down. I started taking it easy and taking in gatorade at every water stop. I will say although there were people around me the entire race it was very lonely out there, and quiet. I don’t think I’ve been at a more quieter race before. The course was pretty basic. Mostly through residential neighborhoods, so other than the occasional view of mini mansion it was a pretty boring course. It was virtually flat except for 2 overpasses, so if you are looking to PR or try to BQ this marathon is the perfect place to do it.
My official race time was 02:21:52. Not the time I wanted, but considering my lack of training I’m pretty happy with it. Post race there was lots to grab. They gave out towels, water, gatorade, pretzels, and my favorite salt water taffy. The one thing they were missing was foil. It was wet and cold out there, and some people were in shorts and tanks, so something to wrap up in would have been nice. I looked at the images of last years race and it looked sunny and warm, so I’m sure having foil was not on the race directors radar this year.
Would I recommend this race? Yes and no. Yes because it is a flat course and if you are looking to set a record this is the place to do it. The medal is nice, and there are good post race refreshments. No because it just wasn’t all that fun for me. The water stations were not predictable but pretty random. Who reads the athlete guide right? I’m so use to having the option of liquids every mile that when it isn’t there it annoys me. The post race shuttle location was horrible. It was at least half a mile, maybe more from the finishline. Then once the bus dropped us off back at the start we had to walk another half a mile back to our car. For those that just ran a marathon that is a lot of walking, and painful at that. The Race Directors really need to work on those logistics.
Until next time!
Hiya…it’s been a while!! I know I always say that! Anywho I’ve been up to lots of fun stuff so I haven’t been chronicling my fitness escapades like I should, but I am back to business now.
A couple weeks ago I headed down to Georgia to do the Publix Half Marathon, and I’ll tell you it was certainly a memorable weekend. Atlanta is practically a second home to me now since my mother moved there, so I’ve made the two and a half hour flight many times and it is a breeze.
We got in early Friday morning, and as much as I love Atlanta, I hate the Atlanta airport. All the walking and hoping on a train, then waiting for luggage that always takes forever, it really just poops you out. Then on top of that we rented as car which was a whole other journey. I don’t think we got out of the airport until 2hrs after our flight landed. So after making a few stops we headed to my moms house. After settling in we went to get a mani/pedi because of course we didn’t have sense enough to get one while in NY. After all the getting up early I was beyond exhausted. We got back to the house and I wanted to take a nap, but of course I couldn’t sleep; and we had an event to go to that night! I went to Deb probably around 9 or 10 and told her I didn’t want to go out. She said but you told X you would be there…I said I surely did and chucked it up and got ready, and I am glad I did because we had a ball.
So the weekend was called Runners All-Star Weekend. We went to a white party Friday night hosted by Run Fam. The party was at 595 North Event Center which is a warehouse type building; it was really nice. The vibe of the party was very cool, and it was nice to meet so many people that I interact with on Facebook on a daily basis.
I took tons more pictures, but we would be here all day if I posted them all.
On Saturday we attended Heather King’s day party, and that was also a blast. I had the opportunity to chat more and meet lots of new people in a day time setting. The Meet and Greet Day Party was held at 255 Tapas Lounge in Atlanta. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this place. The food was delicious, and the drinks were nice and strong!
I finally got a chance to meet Mr. BTA himself!
On Saturday we headed over to the expo to pick up our race bibs. The expo was held at the Georgia World Congress Center which is huge. I’ve been there before for an event and didn’t realize how massive the place was until this day. I am not exaggerating, from the time we walked in the place, to get to the location were the expo was we walked at least a mile. I looked down at my watch and saw I had 2000 more steps and couldn’t believe it. The expo was extremely underwhelming. I left my Honey Stinger Energy Chews at home so I was on a mission to buy some at the expo. There was not one vendor there that sold nutrition. When we first walked in there was a Mizuno (the race apparel sponsor) shop with race gear and very little nutrition. After walking around the entire expo and finding no vendors with nutrition I was pissed! I had to walk back to the Mizuno shop and buy sports beans (which taste disgusting) because the only option was energy gels which I just cannot stomach.
One good thing about the expo was I saw this cute Georgia Marathon hoody, but I didn’t want to pay $65 for it. After the race they were marked down to $50….score!
On to race day: The race started at 7am, so we had to get up at the crack of dawn to get to downtown Atlanta before the streets closed. The race start and finish were just outside of Olympic Centennial Park. There were plenty of port-a-potty’s set up so using them was a breeze. Now bag check was a friggin mess. The lines were like 100 people long. I am really spoiled with our NY races because bag check is a breeze. I really don’t understand why the lines were so long, and why it was taking the volunteers so long to get bags checked. There needs to be an overhaul of this system for next years race, because it did not work well.
So this was the HARDEST half that I have ever done. Yes I heard the horror stories about the hills beforehand, but I never expected to get what I did. This was my first time running rolling hills. In NY we have hills here and there, but no rolling hills. The hills were never ending! As soon as you went up one and down another, here comes another one! The first 3 miles of the race I felt OK. There were hills of course, but I didn’t think it was too bad and thought OK I can do this.
At mile 4 of the race, we ran by Dr. Martin Luther’s King Jr.’s church Ebenezer Baptist Church. I decided to stop and take a few pictures of this historic site.
And my blurry while running pics
As I was running up the block I was looking for Dr. Kings home. I was on the left side of the street which was the wrong side. I thought I saw it but wasn’t sure so I just kept running. I asked someone after the race where it was and I indeed missed it! Next time I’m in Atlanta I think I will finally go on the tour of his home.
Mile 7 is when I really started to feel the burn of the hills, and I just said F it and starting walking up them. Since I started taking my running seriously I stopped walking during races. Well not completely, I still walk the water stations. If I do stop to get liquids it is usually no more than 30 secs…a minute max but that’s pushing it. At this point I was so over the up and down that I just walked as fast as I could to get to the top. Sometimes I tried to run, but I felt like I could walk faster than my attempt at running so I just walked them. Almost everyone around me was walking as well, or trying uneventfully to run them. It is very discouraging when you get this far into a half and you have to start walking. I saw my goal time slipping away from me minute by minute, so my new goal was to just get to the finish line.
The post race swag was great. They gave at out green throw away jackets as soon as you crossed the finish. There was full bottles of chocolate milk which I drank right down and took 2 for the road. Bananas, snack boxes, powerade, and I’m sure plenty things I do not remember. A con for the race for me besides the hills was the Powerade. I am use to Gatorade Endurance formula. This is what I train with, and this is what we get at mostly all NY races. I’ve drank powerade before, but the regular store bought kind. Not sure what formula they provided along the course, but it tasted disgusting and had a wretched after taste. I took it at the first station and skipped all the rest. This led to minor cramping in my quads in the later miles.
Overall I had a fantastic time this weekend. Although this was the most difficult half I have done, I will and am going to do it again. Next year I think I’ll actually put some training in for it because this year my mile count heading into this race was non existent, and I will bring my own liquids!
For anyone thinking of doing the Publix Half don’t let the hills scare you. We get complacent in our running once we reach certain milestones, so it is nice to challenge yourself every once in a while.
Until next time!